I heard the term highly sensitive child for the first time in 2010, coincidentally twice in the same week. My son’s nursery school teacher said she thought my 3 year old may be highly sensitive. A few days later my father-in-law, a family therapist, said the same thing. I started reading, and I haven’t looked back. Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person website told me everything I needed to know, and my journey as a mother of a highly sensitive child started there.
Since then we have had ups and downs as a family of five, finding our way through a world of parenting a child who feels that little bit more than other children, that observes more, sees more, understands more – who wears his heart on his sleeve.
Highly sensitive is a beautiful thing to be. But there are challenges. Parents need support. Highly sensitive children need support too, and they need acceptance and understanding. They don’t need a diagnosis. They need nurturing. They need to know it is okay to be themselves in a world that doesn’t always give them that impression.
This blog is for all of you parenting, caring for, or educating a highly sensitive child. It’s for all parents who are themselves also highly sensitive. It’s a place for support, a place to help nurture our highly sensitive children, so that our children are happy sensitive kids.
I love hearing from you so please feel free to contact me, ask questions, share insights. After all, it is from each other that we learn.